Spa 24: Christian Montanari race report

Christian Montanari experienced one of the most legendary events in motorsport this weekend, the Spa 24 Hours, 6th round of the 2007 FIA GT season. A race that requires a total commitment, from the physical and psychological point of view, as...

Christian Montanari experienced one of the most legendary events in motorsport this weekend, the Spa 24 Hours, 6th round of the 2007 FIA GT season. A race that requires a total commitment, from the physical and psychological point of view, as well as a great flexibility and a proactive vision, due to the great role played by weather. The driver from San Marino completed a masterful tour-de-force, that brought him behind the wheel for over 10 hours, taming different track conditions, especially when, on Sunday, a torrential rainfall hit the Belgian racetrack. Montanari turned low laptimes constantly, showing the full potential of the Vitaphone Maserati MC12, and scoring very valuable championship points by landing fourth place. Montanari, together with team-mate Ramos, heads towards the night sprint race starting at Adria on September 8 with a 4th place in standings.

"It was an incredibly tough race, but at the same time equally exciting and intense", Cristian told. "A wonderful and unique experience. I run for ten hours and a half, four of them at night, and in every possible weather condition. Keeping my concentration for so much time was really nerve-wrecking, but I'm very satisfied with my pace, that pushed me on the same laptimes of Pedro Lamy, on our sister car. I'm a bit disappointed for the final result, as we could have done better than fourth but together with Ramos, Lemeret and Bobbi I took home valuable points to strengthen my championship position. Now we have to look forward, to the next FIA GT event, taking place not too far from home, at Adria".

-credit: cm

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